Osteopathy for Sciatica & Leg Pain sufferers in Croxley Green, Rickmansworth and Watford

What is Sciatica?

Sciatica is the name for pain that runs along the sciatic nerve. The pain usually affects only one side of the lower body at a time and often runs down from the lower back through the thigh and down the leg, Sometimes even reaching the toes. It some cases sciatica is a reoccurring condition that worsens each time.

What are the Symptoms of Sciatica?

  • Pain in the buttock, hamstring and calf
  • Lower back pain which worsens when coughing
  • Numbness, weakness or difficulty moving the leg
  • Burning and/or tingling down the leg
  • Shooting pains down the leg
  • Spasms or persistent pain

What Causes Sciatica?

In the young and middle aged adults sciatica can be caused by a disc injury. In the older patient sciatica can be caused by the development of conditions such as osteoarthritis. Factors which aggravate the sciatic nerve are:

  • Inappropriate footwear
  • lack of suitable exercise

Without proper care, pinching of the sciatic nerve may result in months and potentially years of pain.

How is Sciatica Diagnosed?

As your Osteopath I can diagnose sciatica by speaking with you about your full medical history and testing your back, hips and legs for strength, flexibility, sensation and reflexes. In severe cases you would need to go to the hospital for an MRI scan of the back to see if there is any evidence of a slipped disc injury, bulging and pressing on the nerve.

How can Osteopathy help Sciatica?

Osteopathy is essential for the acute episode of sciatic pain as well as long term avoidance of further episodes. The most common type of sciatica often responds well to osteopathic treatment, this consists of relieving pressure and inflammation from the sciatic nerve. treatments can include

  • Gentle mobilisation of the lower lumbar
  • Release of muscle spasm
  • Traction of the lumbar spine manually
  • Gently articulating the affected joints
  • Rehabilitation exercises